I’ve been on TV on all three days since it was a long festival holiday. Diwali fever was overshadowed by Obama mania. All news channels were following the US president and almost all local news were pushed behind. Even India – NZ news took a beating as I didn’t see any update on score or panel review after the match which is a common phenominon.

It was interesting to see News channels creating debates starting from;

  • Obama’s Protectionalism Policy.
  • Obama’s stand on Pakistan & China.
  • Obama’s election defeat and its impact on his India visit.

and more… There were opinions from politicians, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs & activists… It was interesting to see the perspective of different segments of people…

Though it was interesting to watch all those debates, followup on the Presidents activities & transcripts of his meeting with PM were interesting and helped me to pass my time. It became boring over a point because things were Over Covered & Over Publicized.

Thalaivar is Famous than anyone in the world!!!

Rajni Mania… Rajnikanth was bragging to Amitabh Bachan one day, “You know, I know everyone. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them. Tired of his boasting, Amitabh Bachan called his bluff, “OK, Rajini how about Tom Cruise?”

“Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it” Rajini said.

So Rajini and Amitabh Bachan fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door,

And sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts : “Thalaiva! Great to see you! You And your friends come right in and join me for lunch!”

…Although impressed, Amitabh Bachan is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise’s house, he tells Rajini that he thinks Rajini knowing Cruise was

Just lucky.

“No, no, just name anyone else” Rajini says

…”President Obama”, Amitabh Bachan quickly retorts

…”Yes”, Rajini says, “I know him.

And off they go. At the White House, Obama spots Rajini on the tour and motions him, saying, : “Rajini, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let’s have a cup of coffee first and catch up”.

Well, Amitabh Bachan is much shaken by now, but still not totally onvinced. After they leave the White House grounds, he implores him to name anyone else.

“The Pope,” Amitabh Bachan replies

…”Sure!” says Rajini, “My folks are from Italy and I’ve known the Pope a long time”.

Rajini and Amitabh Bachan are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Rajini says, “This will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope.”

And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican.. Sure enough, half an hour later Rajini emerges with the Pope on the balcony.

But by the time Rajini returns, he finds that Amitabh Bachan has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Working his way to Amitabh Bachan’s side,

Rajini asks him, “What happened?”

Amitabh Bachan looks up and says,

“I was doing fine until u and the pope came out on the balcony and the Italian man next to me said,

“Who’s that on the balcony with Rajini?”

Few good words about leadership

I see a leader should be a good visionary, operations guy and he/she should be a great sales guy (sell his ideas and products) to both internal customers (employees) and external customers. He should assemble a good team that would bring ideas/innovations and other attributes to the table for a successful enterprise. I would look upto my CTO/CIO for taking lead on putting blue print for the enterprise for the next 5 years and bank upon them to advise me.I should be able to see value in their ideas and make decision/calculated risk for the future.

If you look in the history President Lincoln had a great team and some who were more capable than him and used their capabilities for a successful presidency.

President Obama took a leaf out of Lincoln and formed a great cabinet team and relies on them to advise him on the economic recovery etc..

Leader should know what the enterprise needs and know fully well his/her strengths and weaknesses. He/she should bring in people to shore up on his weak areas and if he/she finds strong candidates in his strong areas too he/she should not hesitate to add them to his team.

He should empower his people, stand behind them and hold them accountable.

Venky Chennapragada
Business Unit Head at AT&T, GBS India